The proposal for a $48 million Muslim Youth and Recreation Center comes from Somali Youth Action of Minnesota, a new nonprofit organization working to reduce youth violence.
Early sketches of the project reveal separate swimming pools for men and women, separate exercise rooms, an indoor soccer field and a large multi-purpose room for weddings and other events.
The group hasn't purchased land for the proposed center and is just starting to form a fundraising committee.
"We're going to go after it ... and we're going to hope that the local community and donors and foundations respond," said Matthew Palombo, secretary of Somali Youth Action (SYA). "If they do, then it will move forward."
Creating a safe place for Somali youth to meet has been at the forefront of community discussions on preventing youth violence.
A 2007 report on Somali youth violence commissioned by the city of Minneapolis noted a lack of youth programs available, and called for a drop-in center that would be culturally sensitive to Muslims.